Managing Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of minerals that were commonly used as a building material due to its physical characteristics. The material is now highly regulated by Safe Work Australia (SWA) as it has been linked to a number of respiratory health conditions. The assessment and removal of asbestos must be done in accordance to strict safety and health regulations.

Employers are legally required to maintain safe working conditions for all personnel. This means taking the necessary precautions and ensuring specific procedures are put in place to minimise workplace injury. Under certain circumstances, management must have a register which contains all relevant information associated with asbestos.

The purpose of an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) is to establish a procedure if asbestos is identified in the workplace. It outlines roles and responsibilities of those in control to eliminate or reduce risks. The plan must also:

  • Define individuals responsible for such incidents
  • Include decisions regarding the management of asbestos
  • Identify the location of the naturally occurring material
  • Incorporate procedures for complete removals
  • Establish a timetable for action including priorities
  • Be kept up to date with all the relevant information
  • Be reviewed periodically or when requested to do so
  • Define a procedure for updating the management plan
  • Outline how risks will be controlled and managed

The purpose of the plan is to set out clear objectives so decisions can immediately be carried out. The plans need to be easily accessible to all personnel responsible for carrying out certain tasks. Other details may also include air monitoring procedures if required at the workplace.

SERS has the capability and expertise to prepare management plans associated with asbestos. With our team of specialists, we can assist with the preparation of environmentally acceptable plans that meet all requirements. Contact us today for more details regarding this service.

Asbestos Surveys

The first step in establishing Asbestos Management Plans is to have a survey conducted by a specialist. Surveys are required if a building is suspected of containing the material or prior to demolition works. The purpose of the survey is to:

  • Identify the location of asbestos containing materials
  • Record material type and disturbance potential
  • Establish accessibility and quantity
  • Assess potential health hazards by airborne fibres
  • Guide methods on conducting remedial works

The process itself is potentially dangerous which is why assessments must be done in accordance to strict regulations. The survey involves a visual inspection of the property followed by sample collection and detailed analysis. Risk assessments are also necessary if asbestos containing materials are found on the premises.

SERS has extensive experience with asbestos related issues from identification to removal. Our services include real time asbestos surveys using electronic screening tools. Our team of licensed assessors carry qualification through the National Asbestos Program (NAP) and conduct all services to meet all requirements.

Our laboratories for testings are accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) with respirable fibre monitoring capabilities. If the material is identified within the structure, measures need to be taken for its immediate removal. This may include restrictions to areas that pose potential health risks and conducting a complete removal of the material.

Our team has the expertise and resources to complete removals according to all regulations. If you have any questions about the process, our team is happy to help and provide assistance.

Contact Us

Asbestos management plans are necessary to provide guidance and to establish roles to minimise risks. SERS has the expertise and capability to develop these plans in accordance with all regulations. We work closely with our clients to deliver cost effective solutions that meet individual requirements.

We continue to provide a range of environmental services for clients across different industries. Our services extend from Western Australia to the Northern Territory and Queensland with offices in Darwin and Brisbane. Whether you need assistance with management plans for asbestos or other environmental services, our team can help.

Call us today on 1300 542 315 for more details about our services. You can also send us an inquiry using our online form and we will get back to you shortly. Be sure to leave us a detailed message and a way for us to respond to you.